Talk of Our Towns


Talking ’bout the Budget

Talking ’bout the Budget

On Saturday, Pasadena will be one of 20 or so cities around the country to be centers for town hall discussions about the challenges of the American economy. These are being orchestrated by America Speaks, a 15-year-old, refreshingly nonpartisan organization committed to encouraging more grassroots, community participation in national governance. Not only is Pasadena the […]

Reinventing You!

Reinventing You!

Have you recently lost your job, or found yourself asking, “How did I end up here?” Here comes the Pasadena Public Library to the rescue, offering Career Transitions, a comprehensive web-based guide to career change. Similar services can cost thousands of dollars; Career Transitions is offered free to library patrons through its website. You’ll need your […]

Make Music, Pasadena!

Make Music, Pasadena!

World Music Day, or the Fête de la Musique as it is called in its country of origin, is this Monday. On it, musicians all over France will take to the streets and play, jam, rock, shred and otherwise produce the noises that we have come to classify as music. The Fête has spread to […]

Attack of the Ugly

Attack of the Ugly

Pasadena photo-blogger Kat Likkel posted about the latest visual blight to hit Pasadena, with a plea to Pasadena Heritage to try to do something about it. At right is the “before” sign atop the old storage building on Fair Oaks, on the south end of Old Town; below is the “after” sign, a giant swath […]

Three Cheers for Real Local Journalism

Three Cheers for Real Local Journalism

We had to share colleague Timothy Rutt’s post today about Patch.com on his invaluable site, Altadenablog.com. And as part of that, we’re re-running the photo we took when we profiled him on Hometown-Pasadena.com—because now he’s more of a hyperlocal superhero than ever. It’s damn hard to turn down a cash-paying job in this day and […]

Happy Birthday, Pasadena!

Happy Birthday, Pasadena!

It’s our birthday this week, and having reached a certain age, we take great comfort in seeing how good some of those who are much older than us look—like the city of Pasadena, which just turned 124 and doesn’t look a day over 100. The weekend’s celebration, held at the Pasadena Museum of History, centered […]

Dionne Warwick Benefit Concert for Levitt Pavilion

Dionne Warwick Benefit Concert for Levitt Pavilion

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, from June 23rd to August 29th, there is free live music at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. That’s a lot of music. Who pays for all this music, you ask? If Napster taught us anything, it’s that music is free. Except when it’s not, like at the […]

Remembrances of Food Past

Remembrances of Food Past

If you’ve been around Southern California for a few decades, or even if you just wish you’d been around, you’re not going to want to miss the new KCET special Things That Aren’t Here Anymore 3 (the first two parts were made years ago and were so popular that they still run regularly). It’s apparently a […]

Corpse Flower About to Pop

Corpse Flower About to Pop

Update:  Enthusiastic crowds turned out to see the Corpse Flower over the weekend, after it began to bloom Friday afternoon at about 2 p.m.Now the bloom is closing up and will soon get down to the business of producing fruit. The flower was at its fullest (and foulest) during the first 12 hours of its […]

Church of Wine?

Church of Wine?

We had to share this photo taken by Petrea Burchard of Pasadena Daily Photo, who joined us the other night at a party for our advertisers, writers and some of our favorite bloggers at Vertical Wine Bistro. It was fun to watch her quietly slip away from the chatter and poke around with her camera, […]

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